As 2015 models like the Chevrolet Corvette begin to appear in dealer showrooms, the new model year delivers some completely new vehicles, a major redesign and technology that moves ahead toward the connected car.
The Jeep Renegade and Chevrolet Trax will expand the competition among very small SUVs. The most important redesign is the Ford F-150 pickup, with a weight-loss program of an aluminum cab and bed. And the introduction of so-called 4G LTE connectivity in General Motors vehicles will not only make your car into a rolling WiFi hot spot but also increase the ability to diagnose problems without visiting the dealer or a mechanic's shop.
Analyst Jeremy Acevedo of Edmunds.com says the likelihood of stable gasoline prices will continue the recent trend for strong sales of pickup trucks and large SUVs. But, he adds, "While Americans continue to flock to trucks, the industry continues to push the envelope on fuel economy to meet looming efficiency mandates with electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid technology."
Here's a closer look at five important trends of the 2015 model year.